Pastor Rob McCoy of Calvary Chapel Thousand Oaks in California was the guest on today's "WallBuilders Live" radio broadcast, discussing his recent unsuccessful effort to win a seat in the state assembly. Despite losing his race, McCoy spun his campaign as a victory by claiming that Democrats were so terrified that he might win that the party had to spend millions of dollars to defeat him, thereby draining money from other races in the state and costing the party several seats.
McCoy was very encouraged by his showing in the race, but was even more energized by his participation in a recent tour of Europe led by Mike Huckabee and bankrolled by David Lane which he said made him realize that if more pastors do not get involved in politics by running for office, America could turn into Nazi Germany.
"We were at Auschwitz and Birkenau at the death camps and we came to realize thirty two SS guards killed nine hundred thousand Jews," McCoy said. "You're either committed or you're compromised and we stood there, a hundred and ten pastors, realizing that if we don't speak up, we're going to watch those rail cars just annihilate our culture and we're going to be held captive by a minority and we have a responsibility to speak up":
On his radio broadcast on Friday, Bryan Fischer offered a rather straightforward explanation for why President Obama recently took steps to restore ties with Cuba: he is "just doing a solid" for his fellow communists.
Even though Fischer himself called for an end to the embargo after taking his own trip to Cuba earlier this year, he's pretty sure that Obama is only doing so because of his communist sympathies.
"I think, frankly, Barack Obama sees that he's in the same fraternity with Fidel Castro," Fischer said. "They are fellow communists. I think he envies Castro; Castro has an authority that he can only dream of possessing, so I think he is just doing a solid to another member of the communist dictator club, or communist dictator wannabe club."
Fischer then cited a column that appeared a few years ago in Pravda as proof that Obama is a communist, saying that Obama "is following in the footsteps of Marx, it's the Marxist ideology, the Marxist agenda that he is trying to implement, so let's be honest, this guy is a communist. No matter what you want to call him, he's just a communist":
For the last several days, Liberty Counsel's daily "Faith and Freedom" radio program has been taking a look back at the work the organization did in 2014, with Mat Staver declaring on a recent program that they must be successful in their fight against bans on the use of ex-gay "reparative" therapy on minors in California, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. because such bans are part of the so-called gay agenda's "direct assault" on God.
"These whole issues of homosexuality is a direct assault on gender, on family, on marriage," Staver said. "As a policy matter, if you were to sanction homosexuality in the law, you are sanctioning harmful activity to individuals. It is patently unhealthy, both physically and mentally ... We cannot recreate the natural created order and assume that there are no consequences; there are consequences to children. So Liberty Counsel is involved in these strategic areas, these areas of assault against the family, against gender, against marriage and family; they are an assault against the very foundation of our society, they are an assault against God Almighty and his created order. This is an assault against all of the Judeo-Christian values that we hold near and dear and that's why we must be involved in these cases, we must win these cases":
In 2011, after a Muslim congregation applied to build a mosque in Bridgewater, New Jersey, the town council voted to change its zoning laws in an effort to prevent construction of the mosque. As a result, the group seeking to build the mosque sued and eventually the two sides reached a settlement in which the town agreed to pay out several million dollars in damages and attorney's fees.
Gordon Kilngenschmitt, for one, is outraged by the decision as he relied on a Pamela Geller column about the case to declare on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program that Muhammad should have been put to death for being a false prophet while fuming that taxpayer funds are now being used to "promote a false religion."
Klingenschmitt said that he discerned "a spirit of theft" behind the settlement and prayed that town officials "will not be complicit in the forcing of robbery and theft of the American taxpayer to give that money to promote a false religion, a false prophet, a false book, and now people of theft."
Watch his remarks, beginning around the 14:00 mark:
This weekend, thousands of Americans from all walks of life took to the streets to protest the unaccountable deaths of unarmed African American men at the hands of police officers.
The multiethnic, multi-racial, multi-generation, LGBT and straight crowds filling streets in major cities were reminiscent of demonstrations that we have seen so many times before: marches for civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, workers’ rights.Those marching this weekend recognized that after so many struggles and so many victories, we are still struggling to build a society that treats every human being with dignity under the law.
Something is wrong in America when people of color — particularly African American men and boys — do not feel safe in their own communities. Something is wrong when that sense of unease comes from the very systems we all have been taught to respect, honor, and count on for trust and protection.
This journey has never been easy, and has never moved forward without fearless social movements. Even after the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, our laws encoded racial segregation for decades and enabled an explicit system of control over Black lives. Even then, African Americans were subjected to the Tuskegee experiment, witnessed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., mourned the 1985 police shooting of 66-year-old Eleanor Bumpurs. In our history, just as in our present reality, African Americans have faced a dramatically different justice system from the one that white Americans experience.
Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy with a toy gun, is shot dead in a park because he is seen as a threat. A father, Eric Garner, allegedly selling cigarettes on a streetcorner dies at the hands of a police officer, and the case never goes to trial. Death without trial is seen as an appropriate punishment for Michael Brown, a teenager who may have stolen a box of cigars. These cannot be trivialized as flukes, or as isolated acts. They are the products of a justice system that still does not value or see all Americans equally.
Those who are involved in any struggle — for the recognition of the humanity of people of color, of immigrants, of women, of LGBT people — must recognize that when a justice system puts one group at risk for rights denied, every group is at risk. No struggle for civil rights will be complete until this injustice is rectified and yes, it can be rectified. But it will require getting to the root causes of racial injustice to forge a democracy that truly represents all of us and build a justice system that protects all Americans.
This past weekend demonstrators, in a unified voice, demanded stronger laws against racial profiling, special prosecutors in cases of police misconduct, and the demilitarizing of police forces. These are reasonable, doable demands. But the solutions must also also go beyond the criminal justice system.
Those of us fighting any civil rights fight must open our eyes and keep them open to the truth that all men are not treated equally in America. Because of this, the voices of four mothers who have lost their sons – Trayvon, Jordan, Michael and Eric – have become a call, a movement for justice like nothing seen in the past decade. There can be no justice for any of us until we consider all lives fully human, fully worth living.
A professor at Marquette University has been suspended after he wrote a blog post attacking a teaching assistant at the university for reportedly not allowing a student to argue against gay marriage during a classroom discussion, which prompted Bryan Fischer to complain on his radio program today that people who oppose marriage equality are now being treated like they are infected with the Ebola virus.
"If you are a conservative like you and me," Fischer said, "and you believe in natural marriage, you have the equivalent of the Ebola virus, according to the left. You must be shunned. You must be quarantined. You must be exiled from polite company":
The best thing about Glenn Beck owning his own network is that he answers to nobody and so there is nothing to stop him from indulging every insane idea that he has, resulting in hour-long programs like last night's end-of-the-year recap in which a 90-year-old Glenn Beck recorded a dire message from the future about how 2014 was the year in which the whole world fell apart.
Living alone in an abandoned building with only a few tiny candles and a small fire for light and heat, future Beck somehow managed to scrounge up some batteries and video cameras with which to record his message. And even though the world in 2054 is apparently short on food and fuel and energy and everything else, future Beck still somehow managed to obtain stockpiles of footage from news programs that aired forty years earlier and even had the capacity to edit those clips into his dire message about how everything from Ebola, to ISIS, to the Federal Reserve all brought about the complete collapse of capitalism and society starting in 2014.
Beck specifically pointed to the standoff at Cliven Bundy’s ranch as a turning point in U.S. history, insisting that God told him at the time: "And so it begins."
There truly is no way to completely capture the ridiculousness of Beck's broadcast last night which, after the novelty wore off, ended up being just mind-numbingly dull, but this three minute clip of Beck explaining that 2014 was the year that "we all went dead inside" gives you a sense of what it was like.
"I'm not crazy," he explained. "I was naive, but I was not crazy":
One of the reasons that Beck is able to delude himself and his audience into believing this myth is because he routinely hedges his bets by insisting that he is "terrible at timing," which makes all of his predictions opened-ended, meaning that they can never be proven wrong since it is always possible that they simply haven't come true yet.
But the main way in which Beck is able to so "accurately" predict the future is that he constantly spews countless theories on his shows, so that whenever anything happens anywhere in the world that could in any way be spun as a confirmation of something he once predicted, he seizes upon it and takes a victory lap.
On his radio show today, Beck hauled out his trusty chalkboard upon which he wrote down his thoughts about President Obama, Russia, and the North Korea/Sony hacking incident in order lay out at least 20 absurdly vague predictions about looming global chaos and conflict:
"It's what's coming," Beck warned.
Now that Beck has covered all of his bases, pretty much no matter what happens anywhere in the world in the future, he will be able to claim that he predicted it:
The controversy surrounding Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s prayer rally, which is scheduled to take place next month on LSU’s campus, continues to grow as some students have announced that they will protest the involvement of the rally’s chief funder, the American Family Association, an anti-gay hate group. A wide variety of anti-gay activists are promoting the prayer rally and have used promotional materials for the event to spread outrageous claims that natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina were the result of homosexuality and abortion.
Jindal has now been forced to personally address the issue, which he has predictably done by side-stepping criticism of the AFA's bigotry and instead accusing "the left" of attacking Christians:
"Let's be clear about what this is. This is an opportunity for people across denominational lines to come together to pray," Jindal said. "It's not a political event, it's a religious event."
He said that while he respects the rights of protesters, religious groups have the right to express their beliefs and should not be barred from being able to hold the event on the LSU campus. A protest is planned while the event is taking place at the campus's Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and critics are urging LSU not to allow the prayer rally to happen.
"Christians have the right to rent, to pay for a hall at a public university so they can come together and pray," Jindal told reporters at an economic development announcement in New Orleans.
Asked if he agreed with the American Family Association's agenda, Jindal sidestepped that question and said, "The left likes to try to divide and attack Christians."
Jindal said the protesters themselves should consider joining the prayer rally. He said they "might benefit from prayer."
Given that Jindal apparently has no qualms about partnering with the AFA for a "religious event," we feel that someone ought to ask him what he thinks of the fact that one the AFA's main spokesman, Bryan Fischer, has argued time and time again that the protections guaranteed by the First Amendment only apply to Christians.
Since Fischer has made no secret of his belief that non-Christian faiths are not entitled to any protection under the First Amendment whatsoever, one has to wonder how Jindal feels about partnering with his organization, considering that Jindal's own parents "are actively Hindu."
Not only does Fischer believe that Jindal's parents are not entitled to have their faith protected and treated equally under the Constitution, he declared just last year that Hinduism is a demonic religion when he totally freaked out because First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a Hindu event in the White House:
"This is a counterfeit religion," Fischer said. "It is an Eastern religion. It is, in essence, an occult religion. It's a counterfeit, a false alternative to Christianity. It ultimately represents the doctrine of demons, that is what you have with Hinduism and now this is being celebrated in the White House."
"Christians have the right to rent, to pay for a hall at a public university so they can come together and pray," Jindal says as he partners with an organization that regularly asserts that other religions do not have those very same rights.
It is truly amazing that Jindal dares to suggest that somehow Christians are being treated unfairly because people are criticizing the fact that he is quite willing to partner with an organization that openly declares that non-Christians are not entitled to equal treatment or protection under the First Amendment.
Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like a card portraying an armed Santa Claus holding off a knife-wielding Islamic terrorist who is trying to kill baby Jesus:
An armed Santa Claus on an original Christmas card sent to recipients this year by John M. Snyder protects Baby Jesus from a masked, knife-wielding terrorist.
Santa aims a semiautomatic handgun at the terrorist near Baby Jesus in His crib. The contemporary drawing shows Santa Claus using the gun to save the Infant from the throat-cutter.
"The Christmas card reflects current reality," Snyder said. "According to numerous news reports, Islamist terrorists behead innocent victims around the world, even here in the United States. These murderers persecute Christians, especially Catholics, who worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.
"At Christmas, we commemorate the coming of Jesus Christ as true God and true Man, the Divine Person who assumed our human nature through his mother Mary."
Snyder added that, "Santa Claus for many represents the Christmas spirit, the spirit of giving. On this message, Santa uses force of arms to rescue Baby Jesus from a terrorist, to give the Infant protection and freedom from the terrorist. Governments and other entities worthy of respect appreciate the right and ability of individuals to use firearms to protect the innocent."
Incensed by a new interview in which Barack and Michelle Obama discuss having faced instances of racism and a call by Samuel L. Jackson for his fellow celebrities speak out against police violence, Glenn Beck fumed on his radio program this morning that it is religious conservatives such as himself who are the true victims of oppression in America today.
"You want to talk about racism? You want to talk about bigotry?" Beck said. "Let me ask you: have you tried being me? Have you tried being a conservative? Have you tried being a Tea Party member?"
Claiming that conservatives in Hollywood have to meet in secret and conceal their views for fear of being blackballed by the liberal establishment, Beck declared that it is people like him who are the real victims of discrimination.
"I can't change what I believe," he bellowed. "I believe in God the Almighty. I believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There's nothing I can do to change that. Sometimes, believe me, I don't want to believe that; it's not fun all the time, it's not easy all the time, it doesn't make you popular all the time. I can't change it. It is who I am to the very fiber of my being. That's who I am. Do you think that I want to be a pariah?"
"Don't tell me about your problems, Samuel L. Jackson," Beck concluded. "Shut the hell up":
On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," Matthew Hagee announced the creation of something called "The Sanctuary of Hope," which John Hagee Ministries intends to build as a home/school for orphans, those in foster care, and children of parents who want to ensure they get a godly education and through which Hagee and his father intends to transform America.
"Right now, the battle lines in this country are for the young people," he explained. "The one thing that's missing in American education right now? The Word of God. The one thing that's missing in our decisions in government, in many cases? The Word of God. And whenever you do not have the foundation of your society, which is the Word of God, in the decisions that you are making, you're going the wrong direction."
The Sanctuary of Hope is being created to correct this problem, Hagee then explained in a video promoting the project.
"How do we take America back? One leader at a time. That school is going to train leaders that are going to make godly decisions. How are we going to take this country back? One generation at a time and the Sanctuary of Hope is going to be the training ground for the soldiers in the army of the living God that are going to do great things for his kingdom":
Citing the hostage situation in Australia, the economic crisis in Russia, and an anti-Islam protest in Germany, Glenn Beck opened his television program last night by declaring that he had predicted all of these things years ago, telling his audience not to listen to experts but rather listen to him because he can see the future.
"I'm bad on the timing," Beck said about his ability to make predictions, "but they all come true. God help us because I see the future and you better buckle up."
Promising that when he returns from his holiday vacation, he will reveal "one of the scariest scenarios to date," which seems to involve Russia and Iran possibly starting a global war in order to drive up the price of oil, Beck begged his audience not to listen to experts.
"We have shown you the caliphate before it came. We showed you al Qaeda. I warned you of Osama bin Laden in 1999, before anybody else was. We have shown you some really scary things that have happened," he said. "I beg you not to listen to the experts in this country anymore. The fools disguised in tweet jackets or ascots of the Ivy League campuses. The scholars and the experts and those who have been around in the State Department forever, blah, blah, blah. They couldn't find their way through an unlocked door in a locksmith shop. They come on TV and they lecture you about how is fine and everything was in a box. I have news for you: I believe it was the great philosopher Depeche Mode that said 'nothing is impossible.' Life is outside of the box now and if you're inside of the box, you'll suffocate":
Yes, people should absolutely listen to Glenn Beck since he has such an amazing record of making accurate predictions, such as his recent warning that President Obama's executive action on immigration and the Ferguson grand jury decision would lead to a race war, as well as his equally accurate prediction that Ebola was going to destroy America.
Earlier today, we noted that Gov. Bobby Jindal's staff is not very eager to discuss the fact that he is partnering with the American Family Association for his upcoming "The Response" prayer rally, which is not very surprising considering that the AFA is an anti-gay hate group notorious for the unrelenting stream of bigotry that it produces.
Naturally, Bryan Fischer, the primary source of that bigotry, is angry that people are now trying to "torpedo" Jindal's prayer rally by highlighting the fact that the governor is partnering with the AFA and a bunch of other anti-gay activists, announcing on his radio program today that he will refuse to comment on his well-documented history of making outrageous statements until after the prayer event.
"If the media contacts us and it's in connection with this prayer event," Fischer said, "and we discover that the only reason they're talking to us is that it's in connection with this thing called 'The Response,' I think my response is going to be 'I'll be happy to talk to you this on January 26,'" which is the Monday after Jindal's prayer event.
"We don't want anything to distract from this event," he continued. "Our nation is in crisis. The need of the hour is prayer ... This event is about prayer and calling the nation to prayer [but the media's] only interest is in trying to stir up trouble and create some kind of outrage against this event by trying to make AFA look bad":
Of course, the only thing making the AFA "look bad" is Fischer and the AFA.
Fischer's reaction to this criticism of Jindal's rally is actually something of an improvement considering that when Gov. Rick Perry was getting hammered for partnering with the AFA for his "The Response" prayer rally back in 2011, Fischer responded by complaining that he was the victim of a hate crime.
As we noted the other day, organizers for Gov. Bobby Jindal's upcoming "The Response" prayer rally released a prayer guide blaming natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, on God’s apparent displeasure with the "alternative lifestyle" of homosexuality, marriage equality, legal abortion, and Internet pornography.
Not surprisingly, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, that prayer guide has now be scrubbed from The Response's website. Equally unsurprising is the reluctance by those in Jindal's office to comment on the long history of unmitigated bigotry regularly spewed by the American Family Association, which just so happens to be the main sponsor of his prayer rally:
Are legal abortion and same-sex marriage leading to more disasters like Hurricane Katrina? Does the First Amendment only protect Christian religious expression?
Next month, Gov. Bobby Jindal is bringing a mass prayer event to LSU's campus sponsored by a conservative Christian group that has espoused controversial views on a number of issues, including the causes of Hurricane Katrina.
The American Family Association (AFA), based out of Mississippi, has weighed in on everything from homosexuality to Eric Garner -- the man who died after a New York City police officer put him in a chokehold. They are paying for Jindal's mass prayer event at LSU, called The Response, in January.
"I haven't looked at their website, so you will need to talk to them about it. Here's what we do know...our nation is facing serious issues, but God is real, He is powerful, and He answers prayer. That is why we are asking people to come to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on January 24th and pray for revival," said Shannon Bates, Jindal's deputy communications manager, in a written statement about the organization.
"This is a prayer meeting -- not a political rally. One thing that most people can agree on is that prayer is a positive thing," Bates said.
The AFA implied -- in a prayer guide originally distributed in connection with Jindal's January rally -- that there is a direct link between the rising approval of same-sex marriage and abortion in the United States and events like Hurricane Katrina.
The prayer guide -- which appeared to be a few years old and outdated -- was pulled from The Response's website Friday (Dec. 12).
On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer interviewed Caiden Cowger, a sixteen-year-old radio host who had his fifteen minutes of fame a couple of years ago when he claimed that "Obama is making kids gay." Cowger has been peddling a story to the right-wing media about an incident that occurred after a LGBT club was formed at his high school and Christian students were allegedly "forced to attend" a meeting.
In introducing Cowger, Fischer warned that the push for equality represents the "greatest threat" to liberty that America has ever faced.
"The homosexual agenda represents the greatest single threat to religious liberty we have ever seen in the history of our existence as a nation," he declared. "In fact, it's the greatest threat to liberty of all kinds, whether it is freedom of religion, whether it is freedom of speech, whether it is freedom of the press, whether it is freedom of association, all of the rights that are enshrined in the First Amendment are threatened by the active, aggressive homosexual lobby and the homosexual agenda":
The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer is continuing his defense of the CIA's use of torture, writing today that liberals "would drag the Bible’s heroes before the courts at Nuremberg and charge them with crimes against humanity" and suggesting on his radio program that Jesus would support the use of torture in a time of war.
Fischer argued on his radio program today that the Bible makes certain things permissible during times of war that would not be permissible during times of peace, adding that Jesus is a "warrior" who would probably approve of torture.
"Christianity is not a pacifist religion," Fischer said. "The God that we serve is described in Exodus 15 as a 'man of war.' Now we often think of gentle Jesus, meek and mild, but let's not forget, according to Romans 19:13, when he comes back ... he will be riding a white horse and wearing his own robe, dipped in blood. That is a robe that is worn by a warrior who is inflicting casualties on the foe. So this is gentle Jesus, meek and mild; when we comes back, his robe is going to be dipped in blood because he too is a warrior":
On Friday's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt was trying to make the case that male-on-male sexual assault in the military has increased as a result of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and, in doing so, pointed to former Petty Officer Third Class Brian Lewis, who testified last year about having been assaulted when he served in the Navy.
Of course, the assault against Lewis took place back in 2000, more than a decade before DADT was repealed, so we are not sure how that helps to prove Klingenschmitt's point. Nonetheless, he demanded that the military reinstate DADT in order to push gay people "back in the closet, especially if they're so flagrant that they want to violate one another when they're openly serving":
For some reason, Klingenschmitt also decided to take a shot at Right Wing Watch, accusing us of misquoting the Bible in a post we wrote back in July in which we responded to a statement that he had made when he said that Islam was a demonic religion because it required women who were raped to marry their attackers.
We pointed out that, according to Deuteronomy 22:28-29, the Bible also contained such a requirement, but now Klingenschmitt is accusing us of leveling "false accusations" against the Bible by misquoting and "twisting" it.
Citing Deuteronomy 22: 25-26, Klingenschmitt claims that the Bible requires rapists to be put to death, which he asserts proves that we are lying:
But if out in the country a man happens to meet a young woman pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die. Do nothing to the woman; she has committed no sin deserving death
The verse Klingenschmitt cited only applies to a man who rapes a woman who is pledged to be married, while the very next passage says that if the woman is a virgin who is not pledged to be married, then her rapist must marry her:
If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
It seems that the only person who is "twisting the Scriptures" here is Klingenschmitt.